Gun Shy Assassin Presents Adler Chatter With Chris Adler

Adler Chatter with Chris Adler

It’s been a while — seven months, to be exact — since we’ve heard from our pal and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. There’s a good reason why Chris has been laying low; his band was nothing if not mum throughout the entirety of frontman Randy Blythe’s recent manslaughter trial in Prague.

Blythe was acquitted, of course, but prosecutors are plotting an appeal. In the meantime, band business is resuming, and Adler couldn’t be more amped. We spoke with Chris earlier this week, and had to ask him how the band’s been holding up amid all the tumult. The answer? Surprisingly well.

So far, 2013’s been something of a wild ride for Lamb of God, who weren’t certain of the fate of their singer even a month ago.

“It’s been quite a roller coaster, not knowing what was going to happen and me going over for the first part of the trial, and then having it being delayed,” Adler tells us.

“Now, we have a well-publicized exoneration but the prosecutor is intent on appealing so it just been this up and down ride for us,” says Chris. “It’s been difficult to get settled into any kind of mind frame.”

But the trial is over, and Lamb of God is returning to what it does best: Leveling arenas with crushing metal mastery. The band’s announced a tour with Decapitated, Terror, and the Acacia Strain — a tour Adler jokingly refers to as “‘The No Girls Anywhere’ tour.”

Still, the specter of the trial lingers.

Adler said testifying on behalf of his friend and bandmate was a disquieting experience.

“After 16, 17 years together, after all we’ve been through, I’m sure a lot of bands would have called it a day at some point along the way, but this has proven to me that we’re all in,” says Chris. “We’re all in for each other, and we’re going to stick this out and do the best we can moving forward. I think we’re all just going to have pass on before the band breaks up.”

Adler said he traveled with Blythe to the Czech Republic for the start of the trial, and “it was super intimidating” to serve as a character witness for Randy.

The court room “is not set up like the U.S. court system, where you have this little seat next to the judge and everyone’s asking you questions. My testimony began with me standing kind of center stage on this podium in the middle of this ornate eastern European courtroom with a full suit and tie, beginning with my monologue of how long I have known Randy.”

Adler says he didn’t even realize as it was happening just how terrifying the experience of testifying was.

“I’m wearing this nice go-to-church kind of suit,” Adler explains. “I was up there only 15 or 20 minutes, fielding questions from both sides. By the time I sat down, I had entirely sweat through my undershirt, my shirt, and my jacket.”

Damn.

“I realized the whole time I had been kind of shaking,” Adler confides. “It was an intimidating process and setup.”

Adler says he offered to serve as a character witness for his friend Randy, and the band agreed “it would be a good idea for us to show some sort of solidarity, and for someone to go over there with him as a friend and testify as to our knowledge of him as a person and how we got into this situation.”

Coming away from the trial, Adler says a void remains. While Blythe was cleared, a life was still lost, which is something that isn’t lost on anyone in Lamb of God.

“What I took from the whole experience was just, when I was over there, it was really a first hand experience of the loss that this family had,” Adler explains.

Blythe, for those that don’t know, was tried in Prague for the death of a Lamb of God fan who died two weeks after sustaining a head injury during one of the band’s shows.

“Obviously, we’re in court because it is debatable as to how and why [Daniel Nosek’s death] happened. But it’s still real. No result of the court case would have fixed that, so to be around that was very humbling. Although we are glad to be getting back to work, it’s not something where it felt like some sort of victory. There’s still a loss there. So it’s been tough to recover from that. We really have been through so much as a band.

Next week, we bring you more Adler Chatter, including details on a top-secret project Chris was recently a part of.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • Guest

    It would be interesting to ask whether it why Chris was the only one to testify for Randy. Was it because he was the only one who was at the back of the stage and thus was the only one who could not have potentially gotten into contact with Nosek?

    As regards being ‘cleared’, I think that more suitable word is ‘acquitted’. The court held that Randy pushed Nosek down, and that he has what they called “moral responsibility” for the death, but due to the failures of the promoters and security did not hold him criminally liable for it.

    I think that at his point everyone can see that it was aa accident where Nosek misuanderstood the chant “come on up” and Blythe mistook him for the drunken fan who got to stage previously, but the verdict seems kind of half baked nevertheless. Let’s hope that the appeal will go in the same direction on the issue of criminal liability.